After participating in the service learning Junior Achievement Program, I’ve gained a new perspective on life preparation. I’m sure the program was created and intended to change ones view on teaching, however; I have been greatly impacted, realizing the need to prepare children no matter how young for a fiscally responsible life. Life lesson taught in the classroom is an impacting idea for the students and for those participating.
Many adults looking back on childhood first complaint may be, school did not teach me anything valuable to apply to my day to day adult life. The JA program debunks that statement, I could only wish more schools can implement such a program into their curriculum. Learning something as fundamental as finances and not just the business jargon but how to save, spend, what should be bought or not, as trivial as those may seem to a child where money isn’t their greatest assets, the idea of learning what to do with money, that young will benefit them way into adulthood.
The JA experience opened by eyes to the complete benefits of ‘Life Lessons’ such as monetary responsibility being taught to children. I am not a parent, but I know for a fact that because of my experience, I will be sure to make a point of expressing the complexities of money and its purpose to my child way sooner than I probably would have before. A well rounded adult, usually has their finances together and how great to have learnt to do that, all the way back in Pre-K.
By Lee-Ann Graham